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How Do College Students Feel About the Election?

When we think of college students, we think of disengaged party animals, looking for their next sips of alcohol. Contrary to that belief, many are engaged and care about the fate that tomorrow may bring for them. Whoever wins the Presidential Election tomorrow will hold the power of many decisions that will affect college students.

Allison Kartner, 19, of Schenectady plans to vote tomorrow. She has voted before in local elections. Social media has influenced her political views somewhat, but she believes what she believes.

“I see Facebook posts and tweets about the election tomorrow frequently, especially live tweeting during the debates,” she says.

Another student, Melissa Sefershayan, 20, of Staten Island is also politically engaged.

“I am voting for Obama on campus tomorrow,” she shares.

Sefershayan has not previously voted because she was not of age. For this election though, she has followed the campaigns closely. She uses Twitter to follow the New York Times who gives updates about the election. She watched the debates as well and second screened with her friends and family members from home to connect with others. She also check Facebook to see what people thought and how they reacted to what President Obama and Governor Romney were saying. She plans to watch CNN tomorrow to see the outcome and how America reacts.

Brittany Lenotti, 21, of Westchester sent in her absentee ballot today. She had not previously voted because she was not of age in the last presidential election and was not interested in local elections. She watched the debates and thought that they were interesting. The only thing she did not like was the mediators of the debates, because they were not in control in her opinion.

She feels strongly about her vote.

“I want to have control of my body and Obama allows me to do so,” Lenotti says.


Final Presidential Debate

What a few professionals/celebrities had to say about the debate

On the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s address to the nation about the Cuban Missile Crisis, where he announced that nuclear missiles had been found in Cuba and that the United States would regard any launch from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union, I turned on my television to watch the final debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

At the start of the debate, the two candidates addressed the issue of foreign policy. It appeared that Obama knew more about foreign policy than Romney did. Romney commented on the Arab Spring saying, “We can’t kill our way out of this mess.”

However, when Romney said that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe rather than Al Qaida, Obama was sure to call him out on it. He emphasized the fact that Romney was poorly educated on foreign policy. He jokingly told Romney, “The 80’s are calling and want their foreign policies back.” This comment fueled responses on Twitter that Romney was not ready to take on the role as president.

At the beginning of the debate, Obama seemingly knew what he was talking about and hit on good points. Romney appeared to be a bit all over the place. Mid-debate though, Romney started to save himself.

“Our purpose is to make the world more peaceful,” Romney said.

Rather than focusing on foreign policy so much, he began to focus more on our own country.

“We need a strong economy,” Romney said. He addressed that too many Americans are on food stamps and not enough jobs are readily available for people to get.

While Romney got off to a rocky start, he certainly saved himself with his closing statement. His was much more effective and convincing than Obama’s. People are more likely to remember the last thing you said and the last impression you gave.

Live tweeting during the debate

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